Ronald Acuna Jr. takes Max Scherzer deep on first pitch of Nationals' opener

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Acuna Jr. takes Scherzer deep on first pitch of the season originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Not the best way to kick off a regular season. 

The Nationals had to start their season five days later than most of Major League Baseball due to a COVID-19 outbreak within their locker room, and on the first pitch of a much anticipated season opener, Ronald Acuna Jr. put every Nats fan in a bad mood. 

Acuna launched a fastball from Max Scherzer beyond the left-field bullpen to give the Braves an early 1-0 lead. It marked the third-straight Opening Day start in which Scherzer allowed a first-inning home run. 

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And then two batters later against the reigning NL MVP, Freddie Freeman, Scherzer hung a curveball and gave up a second solo home run in the top of the first. 

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After just 11 pitches, the Nats found themselves in a 2-0 hole with their ace on the mound. Still, this wasn't all that new to Scherzer. Tuesday was the fifth time Scherzer's given up multiple home runs in the first inning, and he's been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball over the last eight years. 

But it didn't stop there. Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson took Scherzer deep to right field in the second inning, and then Acuna launched his second homer of the day in the top of the third. 

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On the bright side, every single deep shot was a solo home run, so the damage was as minimal as it could have been considering the circumstance.

Also, the Braves were on to their fourth starter in Drew Smyly following a weekend series with the Phillies, so the Nats were able to get some runs on the board to offset the early mistakes by Scherzer.